OPP commissioner expected to address contradictions on Emergencies Act: What’s next for the OPP?
It’s troubling to hear about the news that the Ontario Provincial Police’s intelligence division had identified the Ottawa protest as an “threat for national security.” In order to protect our capital and inhabitants is vital. It’s a matter of the life and death of a person. The OPP considers this a serious matter. This testimony by the commissioner is expected to clarify the circumstances and aid in the resolution.
1. What was the reason for being Ottawa protest seen as a “threat to security of the nation”?
The recent news regarding the Ottawa protests, as well as an anticipated speech by the OPP commissioner have raised many questions regarding this Emergencies Act. In particular, many are wondering how this Ottawa protest was seen as a “threat to security in the nation.” A few elements that likely contributed to the decision. The protest’s size and extent was considered to pose risky for the public’s security. The protest took place in an official building, which raised concerns about the potential effects. Additionally, the fact that it was organized quickly may have also resulted in the decision to identify it as the national security risk.
2. Did there any members of the Ontario Provincial Police involved in this protest?
The mission for police officers from the Ontario Provincial Police in the protest was to maintain order and deter violence from occurring. The OPP is responsible for ensuring the safety of every Ontarian in the event of a violent incident, and did it through ensuring the demonstration kept the peace. The commissioner is expected to clarify the issues concerning the Emergencies Act, which will aid in clarifying the OPP’s responsibility in future demonstrations.
Menendez’s bid for reelection in 2024 may be delayed by the new inquiry. The commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police is to appear today as a witness at the public inquiry regarding the Liberal government’s decision to use the Emergencies Act to clear out “Freedom Convoy” demonstrations in Ottawa. This could potentially have a negative effect on Menendez’s election campaign if additional information about the situation is revealed.